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A to Z Blogs About Mexico — I am Karen


Karen Z. Hendin writes at Iamkaren23, a blog I’ve been following for awhile now.

I initially came to Mexico teach ESL.

I wanted a simple name for my blog…………iamkaren23………..23 is my birthday. The area and topics vary according to where I am living and what that particular place has to offer. I am currently in Mazatlan so the focus is primarily on what is happening there. I also write the occasional blog that may be more thought provoking, such as why my son calls me a nomad or where do I actually call home. I occasionally write about family.

Originally I started blogging once I moved away from Canada so that my friends could have some insight as to my life in Mexico. However I’ve met a lot of people in my travels in Mexico, and they have now become my readers as well. Right now I’m leaving my blog the way it is. I’m focusing more now on writing a novel.

It’s hard to pick my favorite blog post. Maybe some of the posts I’ve written about my family referring to events like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The most difficult to write about have been probably the posts about what I do and why I do what I do. A lot of people just don’t understand my way of life.

My first year in Mexico I taught in Culiacan. I became friends with another teacher and he and his wife and all their extended family adopted me. Their kids call me abuelita (grandma). That was the best experience I’ve had in Mexico.

The worst experience I’ve had in Mexico was moving to Irapuato to teach. The school flew me down there, but then changed all the rules about hours, job description, etc. once I got there. They didn’t help with my work visa as promised and no promised healthcare was ever arranged. Needless to say, I didn’t stay long at that school.

Before moving to Mexico, do your research. If possible, travel around and scout out the area where you want to be. Every city is different. The climate varies. The insects vary. If you’re offered a job, check it out carefully.

I’m currently on vacation visiting a friend in the USA for the summer. But I’ll be back in Mexico in the fall. I plan to stay in Mexico indefinitely.


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Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–Rancho Pint

John Pint writes about his activities at Rancho Pint and the surrounding area. If you are looking for adventure, look no further!  Fascinating tidbits about the geological attractions of the area.

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What brought you to Mexico?

My wife Susy, who is from Michoacán.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

My birth certificate.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

A circle with a diameter of 500 kilometers, centered on Guadalajara. I write for people who appreciate nature and the great geodiversity and biodiversity in the above-mentioned circle around Guadalajara.

What is your favorite blog post?  

My most recent is my favorite until the next one comes along. So, at the moment, my favorite is about a fellow who photographs jaguars, and how he does it.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

Awareness and “awareness of awareness.” Nobody knows what I am talking about!

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?

Talking to my gardener about woodpeckers. Here is what I learned from just one conversation.


What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Rappelling down a 70-meter narrow pit only to discover there was no oxygen at the bottom. From that experience, I learned how to detect the presence of carbon dioxide in a cave.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Learn Spanish, live in a Mexican community, get a 4WD vehicle and buy my book, A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area, The Lost Civilization of Teuchitlán

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

I don’t plan on going anywhere else.

Where do you see your blog going?  

Well, I think I started my page before blogging existed, so I guess I first have to find out exactly what a blog is. With luck, I may still be around when blogging has disappeared.

Where can you be found?

Facebook is the only one of these I have figured out (somewhat) and my Facebook name is …aha! You guessed it: John Pint.



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A to Z Blogs About Mexico–USMexpats

Patty writes about her travels at USMexpats and features a number of areas quite close to us here at Surviving Mexico.


Patty in downtown Morelia.


Family brought me to Mexico.  But, I fell in love with the culture, food, and weather.

The name of my blog is USMexpats.  I chose this name as it seemed to fit my travels in the U.S. and Mexico.  I, also, felt it would be easier for folks to find it when looking for more information about traveling in the U.S. and Mexico.

My blog is based on where I have traveled, lived, and explored with my main focus on the state of Michoacan.  Topics are mainly about Morelia and the surrounding towns but will include other parts of Mexico.

I blog to share my travel experiences with the hope to inspire others to travel too!  I write for anyone who is interested in traveling or relocating to Mexico.  I began by telling my travel adventures to family, friends, and colleagues.  They enjoyed my stories and I have always loved to write, so I decided to write out my travel adventures. I will be writing more about Morelia and the surrounding towns such as TzinTzunTzan, Patzcuaro, Urapuan, Quiroga, Santiago, Janitzio, and others.



Our pup, Charlie, at the San Luis Potosi plaza.


My favorite blog post is ‘Traveling to Mexico with Pets in the Car‘.  I enjoy travel but have pets too.  Many folks feel they can’t travel with pets.  I wanted to show that it is possible and how it can be done.

There are so many towns in Michoacan that are unique and full of great beauty that I am afraid I will forget to include something. That’s been the most difficult for me.

The best experience I had in Mexico was during the December holidays going from home to home to enjoy loving company, delicious foods such as tamales and corundas, and good drinks such as atole and rompope.  I learned that Mexico is full of friendly and generous folks.

The worst experience I had in Mexico was driving at night.  I learned not to do it again!

I plan on returning to Mexico for the lifestyle.

For those wishting to move to Mexico, I would advise them to join expat groups on Facebook and look online to learn more about places they want to go.  Then, go!!  Get that passport, plane ticket or car sticker, budget for it, and get out there.  When there, don’t get stuck on time and deadlines, rather just soak in the experience of simply being there.  All the colors, sights, sounds, and feelings of Mexico!



VW van front at the Hikuri Hostel in San Luis Potosi.

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A to Blogs About Mexico–Red Shoes are Better than Bacon

Jennifer Rose keeps it real at Red Shoes are Better than Bacon.

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A Chevrolet Suburban and Carretera Federal 57 and a couple of Cadillacs from time to time and sometimes jet planes brought me to Mexico.

Red Shoes are Better than Bacon

All of about 15 seconds went into naming this blog. I like bacon just as much as the next person, but what I really love are red shoes, particularly Ferragamo Vara flats in red with a stacked, not covered, heel. The Red Shoes fairy tale, The Red Shoes film, The Red Shoes ballet, the pope’s red shoes, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers are all about granting the wearer the power to do what she really wants to do, even if the pope isn’t a she.

Red Shoes does not limit herself to any particular area or aspect of Mexico. While there usually is some nexus with Mexico, blog posts may reflect upon the serial comma, Kilgore Trout, or shameless self-promotion.

I write for me. If others find my blog entertaining, enlightening or educational, that’s a cherry on the cake. I’m not paid to promote Mexico, expatriate living, or even Pingüinos. I’d settle for blogging more frequently than I do. Plans? Red Shoes are Better than Bacon will likely remain an eleemosynary institution.

My favorite post’s usually the one I just published, followed by those with the most visitors.

None of the topics I have posted about were difficult to write about, really. I do not blog about heart-rending, gut-wrenching issues. Well, I might if my dog died.

My tenure in Mexico doesn’t have an expiration date. For me, Mexico’s not a hotel where I’ve got a checkout date, or a program I’m expected to graduate from, or even some kind of waystation. It’s not a junior year abroad, and it’s not a retirement haven. It’s where I live, it’s where I am, and it’s where I have my citizenship. And I’ve never lived in any one place as long as I’ve lived right here in Morelia, Michoacan.

My advice for those moving to or traveling in Mexico…. Wait a sec. I’m not turismo, and I’m not the Welcome Wagon. Back before blogs were the rage, I used to get email all the time from strangers wanting to move to Mexico, and I was gullible enough to answer their email. And then those same folks would get their knickers in a twist when I would tire of corresponding with them, when I no longer wanted to be their tour guide, and when I would tell them that if I were truly interested in real estate, I’d be in the real estate business, which I’m not.

Not all Mexico-based bloggers are in the advice and evangelism racket. (We’re not all curmudgeons, either.)

All right, here’s the advice. Do your research, and then don’t believe everything you read. Or hear. Think of a map of Mexico superimposed over a map of Europe, and you’ll see that it extends from Ireland clear over to Bulgaria. That’s a lot of territory. What’s par in Benjamin Hill, Sonora, isn’t par for Tlaxcala.

Don’t give me that crap about “I love the Mexican people.” We’re not all cut from the same mold, we don’t all break into dance at the drop of a hat, we’re not all hard workers, we’re not all honest, and smiling is not the national hobby. No, not any more than all blondes and Swedes are dumb or all Jews are good with money. The Mexican people, just like the people from wherever you’re coming from, are all over the map.


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